The sister of Big Issue vendor Darren James has revealed how she’s continuing to keep his memory alive on the weekend he would have turned 50.
Darren, who died in an alleyway near Goldhawk Road Station in December 2017, would half reached his half-century on March 23.
His sister Jen Roberts has already organised a release of a charity version of The Hollies’ ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, a song Darren had always wanted to cover himself. The new version features the likes Peter Andre, M People’s Heather Small, Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton, Alexander O’Neill, Errol Reid and Patti Boulaye.
Now she is planning to take things further with a concert and a documentary planned.
She said, “I’ve come to Marbella in Spain. I’m laying a rose for him. His ashes are scattered here. He always wanted to live here, but he never had a passport so he never had that opportunity.
Jen added, “What we did last week is started filming our documentary for Homeless Worldwide. We’ve got our first concert secured at Piece Hall in Halifax in September where we’re going to employ the homeless to run the festival and have a number of artists perform onstage. We’d donate the ticket sales to the homeless.